Please welcome our new additions to the farm!
The chicks tend to pile on top of each other when they’re nervous. It will take them a while to get used to the humans, and we’ll handle them more and more so they do. We like to give them some time to settle in first though.
We got 8 new chicks, 2 each of 4 breeds we did not have yet: Black Australorp, Golden-Laced Wyandotte, Silver-Laced Wyandotte, and Auracana. They will be all different colors and the Auracanas will lay either blue or green eggs! They are settling in nicely, they are pretty quiet and calm so far….well all except for one loudmouth one who you can hear in the video below:
It didn’t take our cat Samantha long to come up and check them out (I haven’t been able to get a photo yet though). It was so sweet the first night: I went up to check on them at bedtime and make sure they had all found their way under the brooder heater. There was not a chick to be seen nor a peep to be heard, and Samantha was curled right up next to the cage sound asleep as well!
We haven’t figured out yet which ones are which, though we have some idea since I tried to look up some photos online. It’s going to be fun to have some new colors in the flock. We’ll be sharing more photos I’m sure as they grow, which is usually pretty quickly! When the weather gets warm enough, we’ll move their cage out to the coop so the other birds can start to get used to them. We’ll let Sam have some time with them first though. 🙂
If you’re thinking of raising your own chicks, we wouldn’t be without the Brinsea Ecoglow Heater (affiliate link below). It works on radiant heat, uses little power and is far, far safer than using a heat lamp.